Wherever you are, whatever you do, from our family to yours…
Rochelle, Jake, Mera, Corbet & Remy
It wasn’t sliding on snow but hey, it’s the closest thing to winter in Rapid City right now. I’m not sure how old I was when I got my first pair of ice skates, they were a hand-me-down pair of figure skates, but it turned into a life-long love affair. One Christmas I received a pair of shiny new figure skates with a Canadian maple leaf on the sides and I remember being so excited to wear those each time we went. When I was in my twenties I traded figure skates for hockey skates and haven’t looked back.
As I got older skiing and snowboarding became winter sport of choice, especially with no organized sports programs on ice. It wasn’t until I was in my early 20′s and spent a winter living in Breckenridge, CO that I returned to the ice. I was convinced by guys from the fire department that they needed a girl on their hockey team so I gamely join up. My hockey career has been off and on ever since. I played for very short time while living in Maine but having a large lake off the back of our house and a landlord who plowed us a personal rink meant I skated plenty. While in college in Missoula, I would occasionally break out the skates but the players there were really good and I was out of my league. It finally took me moving home to return to playing hockey but even now it’s a part-time hobby.
Our downtown square in Rapid City recently got a facelift which included an ice rink. Last year Jake and I decided to get punch passes and it kind of became our weeknight adventure. When the rink opened last weekend Jake and I made it a point to venture on down and dust the cobwebs off. I’m sure we’ll be spending more than a few evenings out enjoying the winter but it’s a round of pond hockey that I’m most looking forward to this winter so if anyone’s up for the challenge, let me know!
If there’s anything I’ve learned about living in a gazillion year old cabin it is that no remodel project will be level, square, or go according to schedule. And true to form, the bathroom is no exception to the rule. (Damn, I really had hoped otherwise. I could live without square or level but on-schedule would have been nice.)
However, rough and unfinished as it is, it’s a HUGE, GINORMOUS improvement from the original bathroom. Bleck! Just thinking about the old bathroom gives me the creeps. I’d love to tell you that the project will be completed by December 1 but I’m a realist. If it’s completed by Christmas we’ll consider it a miracle. But construction mess or no, I’m hugely thankful for the vast improvement thus far.
And since we’ll be taking the weekend off from construction for some early Thanksgiving family-time our progress may be a bit stymied. Oh well, it’s probably time for a little play anyway. Hope you have a great weekend!